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Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom (1953)

A crash course on the history of Western musical instruments.

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The Mellomen ...
Singing Group (voice) (uncredited)
Loulie Jean Norman ...
Penelope Pinfeather (voice) (uncredited)
Charlie Parlato ...
Chorus Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Bill Thompson ...
Professor Owl / Bertie Birdbrain (voice) (uncredited)
Gloria Wood ...
Susy Sparrow (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

In this short subject (which mostly represents a departure from Disney's traditional approach to animation), a stuffy owl teacher lectures his feathered flock on the origins of Western musical instruments. Starting with cavepeople, whose crude implements could only "toot, whistle, plunk and boom," the owl explains how these beginnings led to the development of the four basic types of Western musical instruments: brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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10 November 1953 (USA)  »

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Adventures in Music: Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom  »

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This was the first animated cartoon in CinemaScope. See more »

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Owl: [plays a band song] Did you ever stop to think, when the band plays "rink-a-tink", where all the music comes from? From a Toot, and a Whistle, and a Plunk, and a Boom.
Students: That's where the music comes from!
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A Toot And A Whistle And A Plunk And A Boom
Written by Sonny Burke & Jack Elliott
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Disney Musically Entertains & Educates
28 October 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

We join Professor Owl as he teaches his avian students about where all the music comes from - in other words, the whole TOOT WHISTLE PLUNK AND BOOM of the matter.

This very engaging cartoon gives a lighthearted look at the origin of musical instruments. Using humor as the best tool to teach - in this instance zany cavemen bang home the lessons - it leaves the viewer with several pertinent facts from the fascinating world of musical history.

TOOT WHISTLE PLUNK AND BOOM was the Disney Studio's first foray into stylized, or limited, animation. The result was very successful & the 1953 Oscar for best cartoon was the reward.


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